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Responding to spontaneous changes is not always easy. When people had to face the Corona pandemic and the resulting contact restrictions, the demands on modern technology skyrocketed. Companies suddenly had to find ways to hold meetings that were usually held at the company from home, business meetings had to be conducted online and trainings and education could no longer be held on-site due to the large number of participants. Solutions included conferencing tools like Zoom or Teams, e-learning platforms and AR and VR applications.

Augmented reality is already used in many companies for training or education purposes. In the context of AR, reality is combined with virtual reality; an overlay takes place. With the help of AR glasses or the cameras of tablets or smartphones, information such as videos and images with computer-generated additional information can be superimposed into the field of vision and an interaction is possible. For example, cars or airplanes no longer need to be disassembled, as all necessary objects can be superimposed into the field of view. Certain actions can also be performed on the object, since interaction is possible with the objects displayed in the field of view. This offers the advantage that difficult situations can be simulated in the virtual space and thus dangerous situations can be prevented. Errors, such as incorrect operation and resulting accidents or defects can be prevented and the company saves costs and effort. Considerable savings can also be made in training: If machines or devices have to be installed at the customer’s site, the employee in charge no longer has to travel all the way there but can guide him with the help of AR glasses. The operator who must install the machine, for example, sees helpful objects and images in his field of vision. The counterpart sitting in the offering company sees the same field of view and can mark and insert important things.

Another tool that has gained popularity is e-learning platforms. It can be used to exchange data and for testing and training employees. Especially at universities, those platforms are used to provide materials and to conduct tests and exams. Companies can use these platforms to conduct online training, for example, on the topic of IT security. Questions can be answered interactively by employees and the subsequent answers are analyzed and evaluated. In this way, it is possible to monitor and analyze performance. Weak points and possible areas for improvement can be identified.

Last but not least, conferencing tools like Zoom and Teams have become indispensable. Especially for large companies or universities, it was a challenge to provide a tool for several hundred people to communicate with each other via video within a short period of time. In some cases, hurdles in terms of data law have come up, as internal company information could not simply be shared online. Because of that, some companies have developed their own tools, which helps to counteract the problems.

The idea of holding meetings and trainings online that have typically been held face-to-face and travelled extensively for was at first unfamiliar for many companies. Over time, however, it became clear that this could save time as well as money and effort. Rethinking the importance of meetings was encouraged.

The Corona pandemic has acted as a catalyst for digitization in many companies. Opportunities were considered that had never been thought of before. There is a suitable solution for the needs of every company – it just has to be found!

 

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Seeing the apartment with completely new furnishing without having actually bought and assembled the furniture? Chasing monsters in mobile phone games? This is all now possible thanks to AR, which is not just about fun and games. These gimmicks for the private sector are already a widespread standard for companies. This trend, which is becoming more and more popular, is called augmented reality.

With the help of AR, it is possible to see the real environment right before your own eyes – but there’s a digital augmentation overlaid on it. Depending on the program, interaction with the digital elements is possible. And you can easily connect with someone who is sitting on the other side of the world. Simply start a virtual video conference e.g. via MS Teams. What you usually see on your monitor is now displayed as a hologram in your field of view. The integrated headphones and microphone allow you to communicate as if you are sitting in front of your computer. One big advantage is that whoever wears the glasses has both hands free to handle things or work on a machine.

Please have a look at a very short introductory video for a first impression:

This allows e.g. to do maintenance or commission instruments without being at the customer site.

The responsible expert can be located in Germany communicating with a customer’s technician in the US. They can, for example, use smart lenses to display exactly what they need to adjust on the device directly in their field of vision.

Augmented reality is already being used successfully in many different industries to make work easier and more efficient. Manufacturing, Engineering & Warehousing, Healthcare, Education, Retail, Gaming and Marketing are just a few examples where augmented reality is being successfully implemented. Even now Microsoft wins contract to make modified HoloLens for U.S. Army (cnbc.com), for more than 120 thousand headsets, which could be worth up to almost 22 billion over the next 10 years. As mentioned in the article this will “enable the soldiers to fight, rehearse and train in just one system”. The possibilities with the HoloLens are endless and now is the perfect time to invest in them!

The HoloLens is a tool that implements AR. The people wearing the glasses can see their surroundings normally. However, holograms, images, and documents can be displayed in the field of vision, making interaction possible. This can create a new reality that makes it possible to train things that would not have been possible without AR.

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